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  • Stroke Symptoms

    Recognizing stroke symptoms isn’t only valuable an elderly person or a caregiver, but by recognizing common stroke symptoms you will be better able to help someone who's life is in serious danger. In fact, in the case of a stroke, time is of the essence. With every extra minute that passes, the risk of permanent brain damage increases. If you recognize stroke symptoms in someone, call for an ambulance immediately.

    The following 10 symptoms are commonly associated with someone having a stroke and they usually appear suddenly.

    1. Weakness, paralysis or numbness in the face, arms or legs, particularly on one side. Is the person’s face drooping on one side? Is the person unable to move an arm or leg because it suddenly has gone weak and numb?
    2. Trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination. Often you will lose balance from a stroke because one side of your body is affected (and therefore weakened).
    3. Slurred Speech. Can the person understand you and speak clearly, or is their speech slurred? Trouble speaking or even confusing ones words are signs of a stroke.
    4. Blurred Vision, especially in one eye. Vision impairment associated with stroke is oftentimes temporary, but permanent vision impairment can occur.
    5. Unexplained Dizziness or loss of balance.
    6. Severe headache. Vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness, may indicate someone is having a stroke.
    7. Fatigue. A common stroke symptom is the sudden onset of fatigue. Typically, this is will effect a victim fast and without warning, ultimately, with there being no logical explanation for the lethargy.
    8. Lack of Understanding. Difficulty understanding certain statements and commands in the days prior to a stroke.
    9. Sudden confusion. Occurs as a result of the blood supply to the brain getting cut off.
    10. Heart Palpitations or losing your breath. Experiencing a sudden breathlessness or a racing heart before a stroke.

    Joy, sadness, frustration, enthusiasm, and surprise . . . body language tells you all sorts of things, but would you know when someone is having a stroke right in front of you? By recognizing stroke symptoms, you can be proactive in seeking medical attention if needed.
    Apr 21, 2017
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